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Work That Works

Book Description

Use cognitive diversity to your advantage and transform your organization

Work That Works is a guide to building better teams and an exceedingly positive workplace culture. Based on the tools and principles of Emergenetics, this book helps you improve communication, connection, and performance through an enlightening process of self-discovery and sharing. You'll discover the unique combination of strengths you bring to the table, and understand the power of your Thinking and Behavioral Preferences to gain greater clarity and a better understanding of your skills, habits and behavior. As people understand and share their Profiles, the real magic happens—teams can be built synergistically, and team members can collaborate more effectively by "borrowing another person's brain."

Cognitive diversity is a given whenever a group of people work together toward a common goal; the critical factor is whether those differences become an obstacle or a catalyst. By bringing each person's "true self" to light, you provide a window through visible elements of diversity and shine a light on their gifts—and it's only then that those gifts can be leveraged to their utmost capacity.

Dr. Geil Browning's second book outlines this process of discovery, effective communication, using thoughtful language, addressing challenges and instituting long-term behavioral change. By honoring the Preferences and Attributes of all employees, you lay the groundwork for enhanced performance and engagement.

  • Learn how changing your language changes your thought patterns, and eventually leads to changes in behavior
  • Dig into the real differences between you and your co-workers at the cognitive and behavioral levels
  • Discover the strengths each person brings to the table, and synergize those strengths to collaborate more effectively
  • Learn how to apply these same principles to social activities and family life to improve all communications and connections

Work That Works provides a blueprint for the transformation, and the practical guidance you need to build a better organization.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Endorsement
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Foreword
  7. Introduction: What Is Emergineering, and How Will It Make a Difference to You?
  8. Principle #1: Leadership is an Inside Job
    1. Who Are You?
    2. How Well Do You Know Yourself?
    3. The Behaviorial Attributes
    4. The Thinking Attributes
    5. Your Leadership Profile Is Perfect The Way It Is
    6. What Do You Love?
    7. How Do You Restore Balance To A Troubled World?
    8. Reflection
    9. Implementation Steps
  9. Principle #2: Embrace The Scratchy
    1. What Exactly Is The Scratchy?
    2. Scratchiness For You
    3. Scratchiness For Your Employees
    4. Scratchiness For Your Business
    5. How We Embrace The Scratchy In Our Office
    6. Nikki's Story
    7. Meet Marvin, Your Future Employee
    8. Meet Everyone's Needs, Not Just Your Own
    9. Avoid A Uniform Corporate Environment
    10. A Brief History Of Office Spaces
    11. One Company, Many Profiles
    12. How We Emergineered Our Meetings
    13. Structural (Green) Meetings
    14. Social (Red) Meetings
    15. Conceptual (Yellow) Meetings
    16. Analytical (Blue) Meetings?
    17. Centering
    18. Leading The Centering Exercise
    19. Reflection
    20. Implementation Steps
  10. Principle #3: Using The Language Of Grace
    1. The Quiet Engineer
    2. Accentuate The Positive – Really
    3. How Negative Words Affect The Brain
    4. Using Positive Words That Enhance Energy
    5. Vocabulary Switches To Make Now
    6. Use The Corporate “We”
    7. Say “I'm Doing My Best!” Instead Of “I'm Trying!”
    8. Explain What You Are Doing Instead Of Saying “I'm Busy!”
    9. Communication Is Everything
    10. The Emergenetics App
    11. Using The “Thirds”
    12. Addressing People With Different Profiles
    13. The Universal Language Of Emergenetics
    14. 1. Cooperation Between Global Hemispheres
    15. 2. Success At A Fortune 500 Company
    16. 3. Cultivating The Language Of Grace
    17. Reflection
    18. Implementation Steps
  11. Principle #4: Creating A Meeting Of The Minds
    1. Demonstrating The Power Of A WEteam
    2. We Are Wired To Collaborate
    3. Creating A WEteam For Cognitive Collaboration
    4. Create A Company Culture of Trust
    5. Hire For Competence
    6. Beware Biases
    7. Beware Groupthink
    8. Here's How Different Attributes Contribute To Your WEteam
    9. The Behavioral Attributes
    10. The Thinking Attributes
    11. Am I Finished Yet?
    12. Assemble Your Team Members
    13. What Does Each Attribute Need For Psychological Safety In A Team?
    14. Reflection
    15. Implementation Steps
  12. Principle #5: Using the Power of We
    1. Who Is Your Favorite Child?
    2. Help! I Don't have a Perfect WEteam!
    3. Emergency Measure #1: Invite an Outsider to Join You
    4. Emergency Measure #2: The Empty Chair
    5. Emergency Measure #3: WEboarding
    6. Using a Blank Template
    7. What's the Return on Investment (ROI) in a WEapproach?
    8. Success at Wyndham Vacation Ownership
    9. Putting It all Together: A WEteam Meeting with an Empty Chair
    10. Reflection
    11. Implementation Steps
  13. Principle #6: Let Your People Live to Work, not Work to Live
    1. Two Generations: Changing Attitudes Towards Work
    2. The Older Generation Speaks
    3. A Millennial Speaks
    4. Four Generations
    5. Do You Live to Work, or Work to Live?
    6. How can Your Company Meet the Needs of all Generations?
    7. How to Balance the Professional with the Personal on the Job
    8. Coaching
    9. Reflection
    10. Implementation Steps
  14. Principle #7: Love
    1. Presence
    2. Gratitude
    3. Joy
    4. Boundaries and Accountability
    5. Love is a Verb
    6. Reflection
    7. Implementation Steps
  15. Conclusion and Acknowledgments
  16. Appendix
  17. Glossary of Emergenetics Terms
  18. Sources
  19. Index
  20. End User License Agreement